Jesse Peretz

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Jesse Peretz
Born Jesse W. Peretz
(1968-05-19) May 19, 1968 (age 50)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Film director, musician

Jesse W. Peretz (born May 19, 1968)[1] is an American film and television director, TV producer and former musician. He first rose to prominence as a bass guitarist and founding member of The Lemonheads, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based band which formed in 1986. Peretz left the band as a musician shortly before their breakout album, It's a Shame About Ray was released, but stayed on as the band photographer. After leaving The Lemonheads, he began to work extensively as a director, first in short form works such as television commercials and music videos, later transitioning to feature films and television series. His most recent work has been the film Our Idiot Brother and the TV series Girls. His most recent project is a feature film adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel Juliet, Naked, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.


Peretz is a founding member of the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based rock band The Lemonheads which he formed in high school[2] with classmates Evan Dando and Ben Deily. He left the band as a musician prior to the band's breakthrough album It's a Shame About Ray, however he continued to work with them as a photographer and music video director. His first videos for The Lemonheads were for the songs "Mrs. Robinson", "Confetti" and "It's a Shame about Ray". He went on to direct videos for the Foo Fighters (he won a Grammy for Best Music Video for "Learn to Fly"), Jack Black and The Breeders, as well as creating and co-directing the "Jimmy the Cab-Driver" comedy vignettes for MTV with his friends from Harvard, Donal Logue and Clay Tarver. Peretz also directed several commercials including spots for Nike, IKEA and the Sony PlayStation. In 1998, he directed a feature film called First Love, Last Rites based on the Ian McEwan short story of the same name. In 2001 he directed The Chateau, in 2007 The Ex, and in 2011 Our Idiot Brother. He has worked as a producer/director on the HBO show Girls and Showtime's Nurse Jackie. It was announced in 2014 that Peretz would helm an adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel Juliet, Naked, produced by Judd Apatow.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Peretz was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of Anne Devereux (née Labouisse), and publisher Marty Peretz.[1][4] His father is a descendant of Yiddish-language author I. L. Peretz. His maternal grandparents were Elizabeth Scriven (Clark) and diplomat Henry Richardson Labouisse, Jr. His maternal great-grandfather was art collector and philanthropist Stephen Carlton Clark, who was the son of Alfred Corning Clark and the grandson of inventor Edward C. Clark.[5] His father is Jewish and his mother is Protestant.





  1. ^ a b "Jesse Peretz Biography - Yahoo! Movies". 1968-05-19. Retrieved 2011-07-20.
  2. ^ Peretz’s local learning curve
  4. ^ Rodrick, Stephen (January 24, 2011). "Martin Peretz Is Not Sorry About Anything". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Record-Journal - Google News Archive Search".

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